A Roman site, subsequently identified as a mid 1st century fort, located at Waddon Hill, Dorset. During excavations over the years at the Waddon Hill Roman fort a number of animal bones have been uncovered, including those of Ox, Sheep, Goat, Pig, Hare and Fox; the latter animal very likely being hunted and killed for sport and as a means of pest control. The remains of several types of mollusc were also found, including Oyster, Cockle, Edible Snail and Venerupis. In addition, the soldiers also ate several species of domestic and wild fowl, as evidenced by the bones of Chicken, Duck, Mallard, Wader, Dove/Pigeon, Redwing, Bantam and Raven.

There is an Iron-Age hillfort nearby at Pilsdon Pen.

References for Waddon Hill

  • The Roman Military Diet by R.W. Davies, in Britannia ii (1971) pp.122-142.

Map References for Waddon Hill

NGRef: ST4401 OSMap: LR193

Roman Roads near Waddon Hill

None identified

Sites near Waddon Hill Fort